Iorg, Jeff. The Case for Antioch: A Biblical Model for a Transformational Church. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing Group, 2011.
Books on church planting and building healthy churches are many. Too many. But The Case for Antioch is different. Most the books on church planting are a story about a specific plant, in a specific time, by a specific planter. After the church is planted, the planter thinks everybody should do the same thing he did. The same is true of healthy, thriving churches. Models and methods are promoted and then everybody tries to copy the book. Jeff Irog did plant a church, but this book is about a plant that happened long before Iorg set out to plant a healthy church. This book looks at a church plant called Antioch. Maybe you've heard of the Church in Antioch? It's discussed in the book of Acts.
Dr. Jeff Iorg is the president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and the author or many other books, including, Is God Calling Me? and Seasons of a Leader's Life. In this book, Iorg examines clues from the book of Acts and extracts timeless lessons for planting churches and building healthy, transformational churches.
The book is laid out in three parts. The first is a biblical case study. It is helpful that in this case study, Iorg defines a transformational church. Part 2, which is the bulk of the book, is where the lessons learned from Antioch are found. And the book concludes with a single chapter that encourages the reader to look toward the future.
Iorg's writing style is easy and enjoyable to read. The information is not watered down, but it is smooth. If the reader is looking to learn about Antioch he or she will be pleased. If however, a reader is looking for leadership lessons, he or she will find that too.
At times the book feels repetitive, as if Iorg was trying to fill a word count. But this is minor and not too distracting. That being said, I highly recommend The Case for Antioch: A Biblical Model for a Transformational Church.
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